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Fantasy OWL Start/Sits: Week 9

It may have been a little bit since the last “Start/Sit” piece but it is back and better than ever. There are now five more teams that fans get to watch battle it out during the hero pool meta. For fantasy owners, it is also a little bit of a confusing time as there are plenty of unknowns still out there. The key for fantasy is to make the most of the knowledge you do know, and this week is no different.

Standard Leagues

Standard leagues were very much in shambles after the few weeks of canceled matches. Now those same matches moved to an online format. Luckily for the fantasy teams out there, several rosters will finally be rewarded for holding on to early draft picks.

Start ’em

Ou “Eileen” Yang, Guangzhou Charge
Guangzhou Charge bring back Eileen and Nero
Image Courtesy of @GZCharge on Twitter

The Charge DPS line is an interesting situation when it comes to who actually gets the playing time. Charlie “nero” Zwarg is an extremely flexible player and looks to own most of the play time among the three, but Eileen looks to be the go-to guy for this weekend. With McCree banned, the Charge don’t need their hit-scan specialist as much, and will need their Doomfist player to truly perform well. Eileen’s pool of Doomfist and Sombra appears to be what the Charge need with this week’s bans. Start Eileen over his hit-scan teammate Jung-woo “Happy” Lee.

Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey, Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles’ flex-tank has made a case for one of the most improved players between the past two seasons. While McGravy may not have had much play time last year on the Valiant, or even on the Mayhem, he has certainly earned his spot on the team now. After extremely impressive games against the Fuel and the Shock, McGravy is a potential “must start” candidate going forward.

William “Crimzo” Hernandez, Dallas Fuel
Crimzo
Photo: Tyler Demogenes for Activision Blizzard Entertainment

Coming off of a surprise match cancellation, the Fuel are looking to turn things around this weekend. One of the players that will absolutely help this cause will be the flex-support Crimzo. He played incredibly well last time the Fuel took the stage, and certainly wants to bring that same impact against the extremely tough Gladiators. Crimzo currently has the highest per game average (with 1 game), but gets an opportunity to improve his lead this weekend.

Sit ’em

Min-seong “Diem” Bae, Shanghai Dragons

In the extremely crowded Shanghai DPS rotation, Diem appears to get the short-end of it all. The rookie Jae-won “LIP” Lee has made his mark on the league and appears to be the leading contender for the spot alongside Byung-sung “Fleta” Kim. Diem did get a shot to play last weekend, but looked very much worse than all three of Shanghai’s other options. Maybe it was opening day jitters or an unlucky run, either way Diem should be benched heading into week 9.

Seong-wook “Ria” Park, Hangzhou Spark
Ria
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

There is nothing truly more “on brand” than a Chinese team making odd roster decisions. Ria was a solid flex-tank for the Spark throughout 2019, but his start to the 2020 season seemed a bit shaky. The Hangzhou coaching staff seemed to agree, and subbed Sang-hyeon “SASIN” Song in at tank despite being labeled as DPS. Each weekend could be a new opportunity for Ria to re-take his starting spot, but until the team decides one way or the other, keep Ria on the sideline.

Grant “Moth” Espe, San Francisco  Shock

Speaking of teams with odd roster decisions, the San Francisco Shock seem to be playing mystery heroes with their lineups. At the beginning of the off-season, people had anticipated the DPS line to be the ones suffering the most from a crowded roster. Who knew that it was the support players that needed to be protected, as the Shock have had both supports take a seat in favor of a DPS player. Moth unfortunately gets the worst of it all fantasy-wise, as main-supports already score quite low. He will have to split time with a few of the benched DPS players, making his fantasy value exceedingly poor.

Unlimited Leagues

DPS: Kai “KSP” Collins, Yi “Jinmu” Hu, Kyeong-bo “GodsB” Kim
Tank: McGravy, Ki-cheol “Crong” Nam, Elliot “ELLIVOTE” Vaneryd
Support: Min-seok “AimGod” Kwon, Jin-seo “Shu” Kim, He “Molly” Chengzhi

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